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Our mission is to provide
no cost medical, pharmacy and wellness services
to the under-served in Charlotte County, Florida

Our Founders

Pharmacy

In 1999, the formerly-named St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy of Charlotte County Inc. was founded by Dr. Thomas F. Ferrara. The pharmacy was an outgrowth of Dr. Ferrara's volunteer work with Punta Gorda's Sacred Heart Church conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, of which he was president.

Dr. Ferrara saw the nonprofit Community Pharmacy as a necessity in Charlotte County Florida. The Pharmacy opened May 17, 2000. Dr. Ferrara served for several years as the volunteer chief administrator and on the Board of Directors until his retirement in 2007. In 2007, St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy restructured and became St. Vincent de Paul Community Health Care, Inc. (SVDP) with a satellite Pharmacy in Englewood Florida.

 

Clinic

Following the success of the Pharmacy, Dr. Mark Asperilla and Dr. David Klein, SVDP Co-Medical Directors recognized the need for a free medical clinic in Charlotte County, due to the increased number of Charlotte residents without medical care and lack of insurance.


 

Mark O. Asperilla, M.D., Medical Director: Infectious Disease Physician, Port Charlotte, Florida. Co-founder of St. Vincent de Paul Community Healthcare, Inc., Physician Volunteer Clinic Services. Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Therapeutic Committee, Fawcett Hospital Board member, Charlotte County Medical Society member, Executive Board member of Bon Secours-St Joseph Hospital, Chairman of the Infection Control Committee for Bon Secours-St. Joseph. 


 

David M. Klein, M.D., F.A.C.S., Ophthalmology, Port Charlotte, FL. Co-Medical Director 2008-2011 VBA Clinic, Co-founder of St. Vincent de Paul Community Healthcare, Inc., Physician volunteer clinic services. Charlotte County United Way Board member, Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, Advisory Board member. Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Lifetime Board member. Executive Committee member, former Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery for Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Peace River Medical Center, and Charlotte Regional Medical Center.


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